It’s that time again! The Knoxville Opera Company’s Rossini Festival has arrived and is scheduled for this Saturday, tucked between Friday night and Sunday matinee performances of Rossini’s own La Cenerentola (Cinderella). While the Festival has traditionally occupied several acres of downtown, an expansion this year will increase its reach to Church Street, Wall Ave. and Clinch Ave., as well as a new jazz stage in the Krutch Park extension. As we have come to expect, there will be scores of artisan vendors, food booths, wine tastings, Kidszone, and of course, championship people-watching. Here is a link to the schedule of performers.
KOC’s production of La Cenerentola will feature return engagements by mezzo Leah Wool and baritone Andrew Garland, who were seen in Rossini’s Barber of Seville production here of a few years ago. Rossini’s score competes with that of Strauss’ Die Fledermaus (which was produced this past October) for the title of "bubbliest opera music."
The particulars of this year’s Festival are: 8:00 Friday and 2:30 Sunday downbeats for Cenerentola, and 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. for the street fair. There is no admission charge for the street fair.